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Verkkokauppa.com revenue grew 3% in Q4 and company starts preparations for Nasdaq Helsinki official list during 2020

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS RELEASE for 1 January – 31 December 2019: Verkkokauppa.com revenue grew 3% in Q4 and company starts preparations for Nasdaq Helsinki official list during 2020

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj – Interim report (unaudited) 14 February 2020, 8:00 a.m.

1 October – 31 December 2019 in brief

  • Revenue 160 million euros (10–12/2018: 156), growth of 3%
  • Gross profit 22.2 million euros (22.9), decrease of 3%
  • Gross margin 13.9% of revenue (14.7%)
  • Operating profit 4.5 million euros (5.9)
  • Operating margin 2.8% of revenue (3.8%)
  • Profit for the period 3.2 million euros (4.4)
  • Earnings per share 0.07 euros (0.10)

             

KEY RATIOS (IFRS) 10-12/2019 10-12/2018 Change% 1-12/2019 1-12/2018 Change%
             
Revenue, € thousands 159,908 155,852 3% 504,113 477,833 5%
Gross profit, € thousands 22,198 22,933 -3% 73,874 72,020 3%
Gross margin, % of revenue 13.9% 14.7% -6% 14.7% 15.1% -3%
EBITDA, € thousands 5,713 7,205 -21% 16,330 18,414 -11%
EBITDA, % 3.6% 4.6% -23% 3.2% 3.9% -16%
Operating profit, € thousands 4,467 5,946 -25% 11,290 13,324 -15%
Operating margin, % of revenue 2.8% 3.8% -27% 2.2% 2.8% -20%
Net profit, € thousands 3,236 4,443 -27% 7,810 9,334 -16%

             
1 January – 31 December 2019 in brief

  • Revenue 504 million euros (1–12/2018: 478), growth of 5%
  • Gross profit 73.9 million euros (72.0), growth of 3%
  • Gross margin 14.7% of revenue (15.1%)
  • Operating profit 11.3 million euros (13.3)
  • Operating margin 2.2% of revenue (2.8%)
  • Profit for the period 7.8 million euros (9.3)
  • The Board of Directors proposes to the annual general meeting that a dividend of 0.214 euro per share in total be distributed for the financial year 2019 in quarterly instalments
  • Earnings per share 0.17 euros (0.21)

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s business operations are estimated to develop positively within a medium-term time frame. The management believes that the company will succeed in further growing its market share in chosen segments. The strong balance sheet enables the company to continue expanding its operations in accordance with its strategy. Nevertheless, the business outlook includes uncertainties, especially due to macroeconomic developments. The Finnish Ministry of Finance estimated on 18 December 2019 that the Finnish GDP will grow by 1.0% during 2020.

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

The company’s outlook for 2020 expects revenue to be between 510–530 million euros (2019: 504 million euros) and comparable operating profit to be between 12–15 million euros (11.3 million euros).

CEO PANU PORKKA’S REVIEW

Verkkokauppa.com’s revenue in Q4 grew by 3%, amounting to 160 million euros. Drivers for growth in Q4 were record sales during Black Friday, additional marketing activities and effective campaigning. During Black Friday campaigns the company broke all its previous sales records across all channels, which compensated the moderate revenue development before and after Black Friday. Changes in the timing of tax refunds and uncertainties regarding customer deliveries due to the postal strike had a negative impact on consumer behavior during the Christmas sales season.

The Finnish consumer electronics market continued to consolidate between three key players. The market increased by 4.4% in October–December according to GfK. Verkkokauppa.com continued its marketing and pricing efforts, which resulted in outgrowing the market in smaller product categories, with sales growth of up to 40% in the best-performing categories. The larger categories faced headwind because of the competitive market. Gross margin in Q4 stood at 13.9% and was lower than last year (Q4/2018 14.7%) due to heavy campaigning during Black Friday. The company achieved an operating profit of 4.5 million euros (Q4/2018 5.9 million euros), mostly due to a lower gross margin. Revenue for the whole year grew by 6%, amounting to 504 million, while operating profit stood at 11.3 million euros. According to GfK, the demand for consumer electronics increased by 2.9% during January-December in Finland.

To achieve better profitability, the company is investing in technology development affecting several parts of its operations. The investments will further improve the company’s cost structure. The company is investigating new cost-efficient logistic solutions for category expansion. Leveraging its best-in-class operating costs and continuously improving processes, the company expects to improve its profitability in the coming years. Faster than market growth is still driven by market share gains in mid-sized categories. In addition, the company plans to launch new subcategories by the end of H1 2020. Brand awareness for Verkkokauppa.com reached record levels during H2 2019, thanks to improved brand marketing and media mix. Next steps to further strengthen top of mind in brand recognition will be taken during the spring through national TV ad campaigns. Strong brand recognition together with effective performance marketing will continue to drive stronger profitability also in the future. As part of the efforts to improve customer experience, Verkkokauppa.com will continue to enhance the usability, search functions and product information on its website. The renewal of the Jätkäsaari megastore will continue to improve the in-store customer experience.

The company expects the consumer electronics market to remain tough. The trend of specialty retail closing stores will support retail going online at a fast pace. Additionally, transparency and responsibility are increasingly important to consumer purchase decisions. Verkkokauppa.com is determined to continue gaining market share to become the leader in the Finnish consumer electronics market. On its journey towards market leadership the company will continuously strengthen its competitive advantages and enhance its customer experience. Superior product availability, best known brand, multiple delivery options and a larger assortment than its main competitors are the company’s key competitive advantages in achieving this strategic goal. It is estimated that one percent, or approximately 400 million euros of brick-and-mortar retail sales will go online also this year in Finland. The current share of e-commerce of the total retail market in Finland is approximately 12–13%, which is still lower than the average in Europe.

As a next milestone the company starts preparations for entering the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki during 2020. This planned move reflects Verkkokauppa.com’s maturing as a public company and ambition for better investor visibility and improved share liquidity.

REVENUE AND PROFITABILITY DEVELOPMENT

October–December 2019

In October–December 2019, Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s revenue grew by 2.6% year on year. Revenue grew by 4.1 million euros, totaling 159.9 million euros (155.9). Sales increased particularly in sports, Audio & Hi-Fi, toys, watches and major domestic appliances (MDA).

According to GfK, the demand for consumer electronics increased by 4.4% during October–December in Finland.

The company-financed customer financing remained on a good level. Its proceeds were 0.9 million euros (0.9) including both interest income and fee income. The credit loss allowance increased to 0.6 million euros (0.5). As of April 2019, Verkkokauppa.com has been selling past due receivables in a so-called continuous debt sales model, where receivables overdue more than 60 days will be sold to third parties. This decreases company’s accounts receivable risk.

Personnel costs increased in October–December by 9.1% to 9.1 million euros (8.4). The increase resulted mainly from the growing personnel costs in IT, retail stores and purchasing. During the reporting period, other operating expenses decreased by 0.4% to 7.5 million euros (7.6). The increase of Verkkokauppa.com’s marketing efforts were offset by a decrease in other operating expenses.

Operating profit in October–December 2019 was 4.5 million euros (5.9) and profit for the period 3.2 million euros (4.4).

Earnings per share were 0.07 euros (0.10).

January–December 2019

In January–December 2019, Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s revenue grew by 5.5% year on year. Revenue grew by 26.3 million euros, totaling 504.1 million euros (477.8). Sales increased particularly in small domestic appliances (SDA), Audio & Hi-Fi, BBQ, peripherals, major domestic appliances (MDA), watches and sports.

According to GfK, the demand for consumer electronics increased by 2.9% during January–December in Finland.

The company-financed customer financing grew year on year. Its proceeds were 3.3 million euros (3.1) including both interest income and fee income. The credit loss allowance increased to 0.6 million euros (0.5). Verkkokauppa.com sold its past due receivables as part of its risk management during the reporting period. As of April 2019, Verkkokauppa.com has been selling past due receivables in a so-called continuous debt sales model, where receivables overdue more than 60 days will be sold to third parties. This decreases company’s accounts receivable risk.

Personnel costs increased in January–December by 7.6% to 32.6 million euros (30.3). The increase resulted mainly from the growing personnel costs in retail stores, purchasing and IT. During the reporting period, other operating expenses increased by 7.6% to 25.5 million euros (23.7). The increase resulted mainly from the renewal and increase of Verkkokauppa.com’s marketing efforts year on year.

Operating profit in January–December 2019 was 11.3 million euros (13.3) and profit for the period 7.8 million euros (9.3).

Earnings per share were 0.17 euros (0.21).

FINANCE AND INVESTMENTS

Operating cash flow was 9.7 million euros (8.9) in January–December 2019. In the reporting period, the relative improvement of the operating cash flow resulted mainly from improved working capital.

Ordinary seasonal fluctuations are reflected in cash and cash equivalents, cash flow and accounts payable, which usually reach the highest point at year-end and the lowest point at the end of the second quarter. Verkkokauppa.com’s practice has been to utilize the maximum amount of cash discounts in the current interest rate environment.

During the reporting period, the company invested in new IT systems and in the development of new ERP features, and as a result capitalized 0.1 million euros (0.4) of the IT department’s salary costs and external technology consulting fees. The company also invested in ordinary store equipment and furniture. Net capital expenditures totaled 1.2 million euros (1.4) in January–December 2019.

Verkkokauppa.com has revolving credit facilities totaling 20 million euros, which have not been utilized. Of these credit facilities, 15 million euros are for three years, and 5 million euros for five years as of 1 July 2019.

SHARE TRADING AND SHARES

During the reporting period, 6,813,481 shares were exchanged on the First North Growth Market of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd marketplace, representing 15.1% of all shares in the company. The highest share price was 4.455 euros and the lowest 2.85 euros. The average price in share trading was 3.67 euros. The total of the share trading was 25.0 million euros. The closing price was 3.53 euros, and the market capitalization of all shares was 159 million euros at the end of the period.

The total number of shares in the company was 45,065,130 on 31 December 2019, including treasury shares. In 2019, the company has transferred a total of 35,337 treasury shares as part of the remuneration of Board members. The company held 81,296 treasury shares on 31 December 2019. These treasury shares accounted for 0.18% of all shares. The treasury shares have no voting rights and no dividend is paid on them.

The Board holds a valid authorization to issue a maximum of 4,506,513 shares on a share issue by one or several decisions (share issue authorization of 2019). The Board has utilized its share issue authorization solely for transferring shares as part of the remuneration of Board members.

LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLANS

On 16 May 2018 Verkkokauppa.com Oyj established a share-based incentive plan for key employees. The aim of the incentive plan is to increase the value of the company in the long term by aligning the objectives of the shareholders and key employees, to encourage key employees to personally invest in the company’s shares, to retain key employees at the company and to offer them a competitive share plan.

In the Matching Share Plan 2018–2020, the participant may earn a number of matching shares, determined by the Board of Directors, based on their investment in Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s shares. The Matching Share Plan includes three matching periods: 2018–2020, 2019–2021 and 2020–2022. The Board of Directors will resolve annually on the commencement and details of matching periods. The prerequisite for receiving a reward is that a person participating in the plan allocates freely transferable company shares, held by them, in the plan, or acquires company shares up to the number confirmed by the Board of Directors. Furthermore, the payment of reward is based on the participant’s valid employment or service upon reward payment.

The rewards to be paid on the basis of the matching period 2018–2020 correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 50,000 Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s shares, and on the basis of the matching period 2019–2021 to the value of an approximate maximum total of 45,000 Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s shares, including also the proportions to be paid in cash. The target group of both matching periods consists of approximately ten persons, including the CEO and members of the Management Team.

The Board of Directors of Verkkokauppa.com Oyj has on 13 February 2020 resolved to establish a new share-based incentive plan for the CEO and the members of the Management Team. The aim of the new plan is to align the objectives of the shareholders and the management in order to increase the value of the company in the long term, to encourage the management to personally invest in the company shares, to retain the members of the Management Team at the company and to offer them a competitive reward plan that is based on acquiring, earning and accumulating the company’s shares.

In the new Performance Matching Share Plan 2020–2022, a person may earn a number of matching shares based on their investment in Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s shares and the Total Shareholder Return (TSR) of the share. The Performance Matching Share Plan includes one performance period, calendar years 2020–2022. The reward to be paid to participants is based on the achievement of the required TSR levels set by the Board of Directors. A maximum of three performance-based matching shares is paid for each allocated share. The prerequisite for participation and receiving of reward is that a participant allocates freely transferable company shares, held by them, in the plan, or acquires the company’s shares up to the number determined by the Board of Directors. Furthermore, payment of reward is based on the participant’s valid employment or service upon reward payment.

The rewards from the plan will be paid partly in the company’s shares and partly in cash in 2023. The cash proportion is intended to cover taxes and tax-related costs arising from the reward to the participant. As a rule, no reward will be paid if a participant’s employment or service ends before the reward payment.

The target group of the plan consists of eight persons, the CEO and all other members of the Management Team. The rewards to be paid on the basis of the plan correspond to the value of an approximate maximum total of 540,000 Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s shares, including also the proportion to be paid in cash.

The last Matching Period 2020–2022 of the company’s Matching Share Plan 2018–2020 will not be implemented at all because it will be replaced by this newly established Performance Matching Share Plan 2020–2022.

PERSONNEL AND MANAGEMENT

During the reporting period, the number of employees increased by 4%, and the total number of employees was 758 (683) at the end of December 2019. The number of employees includes both full- and part-time employees.

Taina Suorsa was appointed to the Management Team as of 1 January 2019. Vesa Järveläinen was appointed as Commercial Director as of 1 January 2019. Järveläinen continues as a member of the Management Team. Kalle Koutajoki was appointed as Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and Management Team member on 21 December 2018. Koutajoki started in his role on 25 February 2019. CFO Jussi Tallgren left his position on 20 August 2019 and Mikko Forsell was appointed as the new CFO and Management Team member as of 2 September 2019.

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s Management Team:

  • Panu Porkka, CEO
  • Mikko Forsell, CFO
  • Henrik Weckström, CTO
  • Miika Heinonen, Logistics Director
  • Vesa Järveläinen, Commercial Director
  • Seppo Niemelä, Marketing and Communications Director
  • Taina Suorsa, HR Director
  • Kalle Koutajoki, CSO

RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s risks and uncertainties reflect the market and general economic trends, for example, demand for consumer electronics, wholesale trade business, the business environment and competition. The company’s business operations are also influenced by risks and uncertainties relating to, for example, business strategy, investments, procurement and logistics, information technology, and other operative aspects of the business. The aforementioned risks and uncertainties may affect the company’s operations, financial position and performance both positively and negatively. Risks and uncertainties have been presented in more detail in the Annual Report 2018.

LITIGATION AND DISPUTES

Verkkokauppa.com has no open litigation issues nor any significant disputes.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019

The Annual General Meeting was held in Helsinki on 28 March 2019. The financial statements for the year 2018 were approved and the Board members and the CEO were discharged from liability with respect to financial year 2018. It was resolved to pay a dividend of 0.048 euros per share, totaling 2,160,382.33 euros.

The Annual General Meeting authorized the Board of Directors to decide in its discretion on the distribution of dividends as follows:

The total amount of the dividend distribution based on this authorization shall not exceed EUR 0.150 per share (the instalments may differ from another), in total not exceeding EUR 6,759,769.50. The authorization is valid until the opening of the next Annual General Meeting.

Unless the Board of Directors decides otherwise, the authorization will be used to distribute dividend three times during the period of validity of the authorization and the payment dates of the dividends will be on 21 May 2019, 20 August 2019 and 5 November 2019. The Board of Directors will decide on the record date in connection with each dividend payment decision and the company will make separate announcements of Board resolutions.

At the Annual General Meeting held on 28 March 2019, all Board members were re-elected until the end of the next Annual General Meeting. Christoffer Häggblom, Robert Burén, Mikael Hagman, Kai Seikku, Arja Talma and Samuli Seppälä were elected as members of the Board of Directors. The Board elected Christoffer Häggblom as the Chairman of the Board.

The Authorized Public Accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy was re-elected as the auditor, who has notified the company that Authorized Public Accountant Ylva Eriksson will be acting as the Principal Auditor.

After the Annual General Meeting Verkkokauppa.com Oyj Board of Directors held an organizational meeting, where it resolved on the Board committees. It decided to continue with the following board committees: Audit Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee. The Audit Committee consists of Board members Kai Seikku (Chairman), Samuli Seppälä, Arja Talma and Christoffer Häggblom. The Nomination and Remuneration Committee consists of Board members Christoffer Häggblom (Chairman), Samuli Seppälä and Kai Seikku.

DIVIDEND

Annual General Meeting 2019 resolved to pay 0.048 euros (2,160,382.33 euros in total) per share as dividend. Verkkokauppa.com’s Annual General Meeting authorized the Board of Directors to decide in its discretion on the distribution of dividends not exceeding 0.150 euro per share to be paid in three instalments during 2019.

The Board resolved on 10 May 2019 to pay a dividend of 0.049 euros per share (2,208,191.37 euros in total).

The Board resolved on 9 August 2019 to pay a dividend of 0.050 euros per share (2,253,256.50 euros in total).

The Board resolved on 25 October 2019 to pay a dividend of 0.051 euros per share (up to 2,298,321.63 euros in total).

DIVIDEND DISTRIBUTION PROPOSAL

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s distributable funds as of 31 December 2019 totaled 35,952,543.57 euros. The Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Meeting that Verkkokauppa.com Oyj net income for period 7,810,067.76 euros will be transferred to retained earnings and dividend of 0.214 euros per share will be distributed for 2019.

OTHER EVENTS DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD

On 16 January 2019 Verkkokauppa.com gave a profit warning and preliminary information on the company’s revenue and comparable EBITDA for the year 2018. On 13 February 2019 Verkkokauppa.com gave a profit warning and preliminary information on the company’s comparable EBITDA for the year 2018.

On 12 February 2019 Verkkokauppa.com published IFRS comparative information on financial year 2017.

On 15 February 2019 Verkkokauppa.com published its medium-term financial targets restated according to IFRS.

Verkkokauppa.com announced on 1 July 2019, that it had signed revolving credit facilities (RCF) totaling 20 million euros. Of these credit facilities, 15 million euros are for three years, and 5 million euros for five years.

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

On 13 February 2020 Verkkokauppa.com announced that the Company is currently evaluating the possibility of transferring to the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki during 2020.

On 13 February 2020 Verkkokauppa.com announced to establish a new share-based incentive plan for the CEO and the members of the Management Team.

There are no other subsequent events that differ from usual business events, after the reporting period.

PRESS CONFERENCES

A press conference for analysts, investors and media will be held in Finnish at the Jätkäsaari premises in Helsinki at Tyynenmerenkatu 11, 6th floor, at 10:00 a.m. (EET) on Friday, 14 February 2020, in which Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s CEO Panu Porkka will present the developments in the reporting period.

A press conference in English will be held by LiveStream webcast on Friday, 14 February 2020 at 11:00 a.m. (EET). Questions can be sent beforehand or during the presentation via e-mail to investors@verkkokauppa.com.

Presentation materials for both events are available at www.verkkokauppa.com in the section Investors > Presentations. For both press conferences, a LiveStream is available at www.verklive.com.


COMPANY RELEASES IN 2020

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj will publish its financial reports as follows:

  • Annual Report 2019 will be published online during Week 10, 2020
  • Interim report January–March 2020, Friday 24 April 2020
  • Half-year report January–June 2020, Friday 24 July 2020
  • Interim Report January–December 2020, Friday 23 October 2020


Helsinki, Finland, 14 February 2020

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj

Board of Directors

More information:

Panu Porkka, CEO
e-mail panu.porkka@verkkokauppa.com
Telephone +358 10 309 5555

Mikko Forsell, CFO
e-mail mikko.forsell@verkkokauppa.com
Telephone +358 10 309 5555

Certified Adviser Nordea Bank Abp
Telephone +358 9 5300 6785

Distribution:

Nasdaq Helsinki
Key media
www.verkkokauppa.com


 VERKKOKAUPPA.COM OYJ FINANCIAL STATEMENTS RELEASE 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2019

1     Primary financial statements

1.1       Income statement

1.2       Statement of comprehensive income

1.3       Statement of financial position

1.4       Statement of cash flows

1.5       Statement of changes in equity

2     Notes

2.1       Accounting principles applied in this interim report

2.2       Segment reporting

2.3       Revenue from contracts with customers

2.4       Seasonality of business

2.5       Right-of-use assets

2.6       Trade receivables

2.7       Financial assets and liabilities by measurement category

2.8       Dividends

2.9       Transactions with related parties

2.10     Guarantees and commitments

2.11     IFRS Standards not yet effective

2.12     Subsequent events

3     Additional information

3.1       Quarterly income statement

3.2       Alternative performance measurement

3.3       Formulas for key ratios


1       Primary financial statements

1.1          Income statement

    10-12/ 10-12/ 1-12/ 1-12/
EUR thousand Note 2019 2018 2019 2018
           
Revenue  2.3 159,908 155,852 504,113 477,833
           
Other operating income   153 175 555 389
Materials and services   -137,710 -132,919 -430,239 -405,813
Employee benefit expenses   -9,115 -8,352 -32,595 -30,300
Depreciation and amortization   -1,246 -1,259 -5,040 -5,090
Other operating expenses   -7,523 -7,551 -25,504 -23,696
           
Operating profit   4,467 5,946 11,290 13,324
           
Finance income   2 2 64 9
Finance costs   -421 -399 -1,591 -1,670
           
Profit before income taxes   4,048 5,550 9,763 11,662
           
Income taxes   -812 -1,106 -1,953 -2,328
           
Profit for the period   3,236 4,443 7,810 9,334
           
Profit for the period attributable to          
Equity holders of the company   3,236 4,443 7,810 9,334
           
Earnings per share calculated from the profit attributable to equity holders          
Earnings per share, basic and diluted (EUR)   0.07 0.10 0.17 0.21

1.2          Statement of comprehensive income

    10-12/ 10-12/ 1-12/ 1-12/
EUR thousand   2019 2018 2019 2018
           
Profit for the period   3,236 4,443 7,810 9,334
           
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss          
Realized changes in fair values of equity investments - - - -
Changes in fair values of equity investments   0 - 0 -15
Other comprehensive income after taxes, total   0 0 0 -15
Comprehensive income for the period   3,236 4,443 7,810 9,319
           
Comprehensive income for the period          
Equity holders of the company   3,236 4,443 7,810 9,319

1.3          Statement of financial position

EUR thousand Note 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018
Non-current assets      
Intangible assets   592 1,067
Property, plant and equipment   2,381 1,970
Right-of-use assets 2.5 18,770 21,764
Equity investments 2.7 266 275
Deferred tax assets   1,195 1,112
Trade receivables 2.6,2.7 1,882 1,544
Other non-current receivables 2.7 435 438
Non-current assets, total   25,521 28,171
       
Current assets      
Inventories   66,702 65,784
Trade receivables 2.6,2.7 14,620 15,266
Other receivables   1,143 1,752
Income tax receivables   278 199
Accrued income   9,424 9,823
Cash and cash equivalents 2.7 42,495 46,746
Current assets, total   134,662 139,570
       
Total assets   160,183 167,741
       
Equity      
Share capital   100 100
Treasury shares   -701 -502
Fair value reserve   -33
Invested non-restricted equity fund   25,707 25,585
Retained earnings   3,647 3,082
Profit for the period   7,810 9,334
Total equity 1.5 36,563 37,565
       
Non-current liabilities      
Lease liabilities 2.7 19,676 22,753
Deferred tax liabilities   7 18
Provisions   660 560
Non-current liabilities, total   20,343 23,331
       
Current liabilities      
Lease liabilities 2.7 3,758 3,592
Advance payments received   3,819 4,301
Trade payables 2.7 73,068 80,695
Other current liabilities   7,892 4,077
Accrued liabilities   14,741 14,181
Current liabilities, total   103,277 106,845
       
Total liabilities   123,620 130,176
       
Total equity and liabilities   160,183 167,741

1.4           Statement of cash flows

  1-12/ 1-12/
EUR thousand 2019 2018
Cash flow from operating activities    
Profit before income taxes 9,763 11,662
Adjustments    
Depreciation and impairment 5,040 5,090
Gain on sales and losses on fixed assets and scrapping - -
Finance income and costs 1,527 1,630
Other adjustments 476 69
Cash flow before change in working capital 16,806 18,451
Change in working capital    
Increase(-) / decrease(+) in non-current non-interest-bearing trade receivables -335 -506
Increase (‒) / decrease (+) in trade and other current receivables 1,653 -7,384
Increase (‒) / decrease (+) in inventories -918 -18,772
Increase (+) / decrease (‒) in accounts payable and other current liabilities -3,650 21,276
Cash flow before financial items and taxes 13,557 13,065
Interest paid -59 -38
Interest received 7 9
Interest of lease liabilities -1,483 -1,632
Income tax paid -2,333 -2,543
Cash flow from operating activities 9,690 8,861
     
Cash flow from investing activities    
Purchases of property, plant and equipment -1,016 -582
Purchases of intangible assets -186 -774
Purchases of equity investments - -
Proceeds from equity investments 57 -
Cash flow from investing activities -1,145 -1,356
     
Cash flow from financing activities    
Decrease (-) in lease liabilities -3,690 -3,939
Dividends paid -8,908 -8,195
Acquisition of treasury shares -198 -502
Cash flow from financing activities -12,796 -12,636
     
Increase (+) / decrease (‒) in cash and cash equivalents -4,251 -5,131
     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of financial year 46,746 51,878
Cash and cash equivalents at end of financial year 42,495 46,746



1.5          Statement of changes in equity

A  Share capital Fair value reserve        
B  Treasury shares E  Retained earnings        
C  Invested non-restricted equity fund F  Total equity        
 

 
           
EUR thousand A B C D E F
Equity 1 Jan 2018 100 - 25,493 -18 11,222 36,797
Profit for the period - - - - 9,334 9,334
Changes in fair values of equity investments - - - -15 - -15
Comprehensive income for the period, total - - - -15 9,334 9,319
Dividend distribution - - - - -8,195 -8,195
Acquisition of treasury shares - -502 - - - -502
Disposal of treasury shares -Board fees - - 92 - - 92
Share-based incentives - - - - 54 54
Transactions with owners, total - -502 92   -8,141 -8,551
Equity 31 Dec 2018 100 -502 25,585 -33 12,416 37,565
             
             
EUR thousand A B C D E F
Equity 1 Jan 2019 100 -502 25,585 -33 12,416 37,565
Profit for the period - - - - 7,810 7,810
Changes in fair values of equity investments - - - 33 - 33
Comprehensive income for the period, total - - - 33 7,810 7,843
Dividend distribution - - - - -8,908 -8,908
Acquisition of treasury shares - -198 - -   -198
Disposal of treasury shares -Board fees - - 122 - - 122
Share-based incentives - - - - 139 139
Transactions with owners, total - -198 122 - -8,769 -8,845
Equity 31 Dec 2019 100 -701 25,707 - 11,457 36,563
             

2       Notes

2.1          Accounting principles applied in this financial statements release

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj is a public limited company, the shares of which are quoted on First North Growth Market of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. The registered address of its head office is Tyynenmerenkatu 11, Helsinki.

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s Interim Report for January–December 2019 has been prepared in line with IAS34, ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ and should be read in conjunction with Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s financial statement for 2018, published on 7 March 2019. Verkkokauppa.com Oyj has applied the same accounting principles in the preparation of this interim report as in its Financial Statements for 2018.

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj published on 12 February 2019 with a separate company release the comparative information according to IFRS compared to Finnish Accounting Standards (FAS). The major changes to accounting principles are also explained in the company release.

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj has not adopted any new accounting policies during 2019 that would have a material impact on this financial statements release.

The information presented in this financial statements release has not been audited. The figures are rounded, and therefore the sum of individual figures may deviate from the aggregate amount presented. All amounts in this report are presented in EUR thousands, unless otherwise stated.

Management judgement related to the choice and application of accounting policies

The preparation of this financial statements release required management to make judgements, estimates assumptions that affect the application of accounting principles and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

2.2          Segment reporting

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj has one reportable segment. The management of Verkkokauppa.com Oyj has exercised judgement when it has applied the aggregation criteria to aggregate the operating segments into one reportable segment. The customers are the same across all operating segments, which offer the same goods and services in uniform conditions in one main market i.e. Finland. At the core of the company’s business model is a strong integration of webstore and retail stores, common support functions serving the entire business as well as the volume benefits enabled by centralized business.

2.3          Revenue from contracts with customers

The revenue streams of the company consist of the sale of goods and services. There are more than 65,000 products in 26 different main product categories that the company sells to consumers through its own webstore and four retail stores in Finland. The sale of services rendered by the company includes, for example, installation and maintenance services, subscription sales and visibility sales. Revenue is accumulated geographically mainly from Finland.

Revenue from sales of products is recognized at a point in time when the control has been transferred. The revenue from services is recognized mainly over time.

Disaggregation of revenue

 Satisfaction of performance obligations

  10-12/ 10-12/ 1-12/ 1-12/
EUR thousand 2019 2018 2019 2018
At a point in time 158,266 153,997 498,343 470,971
Over time 1,641 1,855 5,770 6,862
Revenue, total 159,908 155,852 504,113 477,833

Income recognized from customer financing

The company presents all income from customer financing as part of revenue in the primary financial statements.

The table below presents the income recognized from company-financed Apuraha customer financing divided into income recognized using the effective interest rate method and other income. Other income consists of other fees.

  10-12/ 10-12/ 1-12/ 1-12/
EUR thousand 2019 2018 2019 2018
Interest income recognized using effective interest rate method 346 330 1,293 1,123
Other income from company-financed customer financing 519 562 1,983 2,019
Income from company-financed Apuraha, total 865 892 3,276 3,142

2.4          Seasonality of business

The nature of the business of the company includes seasonality. Ordinary seasonal fluctuations are reflected in cash and cash equivalents, cash flow and accounts payable, which usually reach the highest point at year-end and the lowest point at the end of the second quarter.

2.5          Right-of-use assets

EUR thousand 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018
Carrying amount 1.1. 21,764 24,589
Increases 113 284
Increase/decrease due to remeasurement 700 716
Disposals -33 -
Depreciation -3,774 -3,825
Carrying amount at the end of period 18,770 21,764

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj has applied IFRS 16 Leases early and fully retrospectively in connection with the adoption of IFRS in 2018. The accounting principles are described in more detail in a separate company release published on 12 February 2019.

The remeasurements made during 2018 and 2019 relate to index adjustments, renegotiations of lease agreements and during 2018 also the change to the Jätkäsaari lease agreement based on the original contract terms.

2.6          Trade receivables

  31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018
EUR thousand Trade receivables Loss allowance Trade receivables Loss allowance
Not due  12,226  101  12,553  212
Past due 1-60 days  4,399  331  4,305  173
Past due 61-120 days  419  110  455  136
Past due over 121 days  17  17  33  14
Total  17,061  559  17,345  535

2.7          Financial assets and liabilities by measurement category

31.12.2019, EUR thousand Recognized at fair value through other comprehensive income At amortized cost Lease liabilities  
   
Measurement category Carrying amount
Non-current financial assets        
Equity investments (level 2)    
Equity investments (level 3) 266     266
Trade receivables and other financial receivables   2,317   2,317
Non-current financial assets, total 266 2,317   2,583
         
Current financial assets        
Trade receivables   14,620   14,620
Cash and cash equivalents   42,495   42,495
Current financial assets, total   57,116   57,116
         
Financial assets by measurement category, total 266 59,432   59,698
         
Non-current financial liabilities        
Lease liabilities     19,676 19,676
Non-current financial liabilities, total     19,676 19,676
         
Current financial liabilities        
Lease liabilities     3,758 3,758
Trade payables   73,068   73,068
Current financial liabilities, total   73,068 3,758 76,826
         
Financial liabilities by measurement category, total   73,068 23,434 96,502


         
 31.12.2018, EUR thousand Recognized at fair value through other comprehensive income At amortized cost Lease liabilities  
   
Measurement category Carrying amount
Non-current financial assets        
Equity investments (level 2) 9     9
Equity investments (level 3) 266     266
Trade receivables and other financial receivables   1,982   1,982
Non-current financial assets, total 275 1,982   2,257
         
Current financial assets        
Trade receivables   15,266   15,266
Cash and cash equivalents   46,746   46,746
Current financial assets, total   62,012   62,012
         
Financial liabilities by measurement category, total 275 63,994   64,269
         
Non-current financial liabilities        
Lease liabilities     22,753 22,753
Non-current financial liabilities, total     22,753 22,753
         
Current financial liabilities        
Lease liabilities     3,592 3,592
Trade payables   80,695   80,695
Current financial liabilities, total   80,695 3,592 84,287
         
Financial liabilities by measurement category, total   80,695 26,344 107,039

Determining fair values

Level 1: Fair values are based on the (unadjusted) quoted prices of identical assets or liabilities publicly traded in active markets.

Level 2: Financial instruments are not traded in active and liquid markets but their fair values are calculable based on market data.

Level 3: Measuring of financial instruments is not based on verifiable market data, nor are other factors influencing the fair value of the instruments available or verifiable.

The equity investments in level 3 contain unquoted shares. According to the assessments of the management, measurement at cost is closest to fair value. There have been no changes in the carrying amounts during the financial year 2019. There have been no transfers between measurement categories during the financial year or the comparative year.

2.8          Dividends

Dividends paid during the reporting period and year-on-year.

2019    
For the previous year Date of payment Dividend per share, EUR
  8.4.2019 0.048
  21.5.2019 0.049
  20.8.2019 0.050
  5.11.2019 0.051
Total dividends, EUR thousand   8,908
     
2018    
For the previous year Date of payment Dividend per share, EUR
  3.4.2018 0.044
  16.5.2018 0.045
  21.8.2018 0.046
  6.11.2018 0.047
Total dividends, EUR thousand   8,195

 

2.9          Transactions with related parties

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj’s related parties comprise the Board of Directors, the CEO as well as the other members of the Management Team and the close members of the family of said persons as well as their controlled entities. Transactions with related parties have been carried out on usual commercial terms.

EUR thousand 2019 2018
Sales of goods and services    
To key management personnel and their related parties 46 31
     
Purchases of goods and services    
From key management personnel and their related parties - 19
     
     
     
EUR thousand 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018
Closing balances from purchases/sales of goods/services    
 Trade receivables from key management personnel and their related parties - 7
     
 Trade payables to key management personnel and their related parties - 2

2.10        Guarantees and commitments

EUR Thousand 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2018
Collateral given for own commitments    
Mortgages - -
Guarantees 2,652 2,850
     
Other commitments and contingent liabilities 11 14

2.11        IFRS Standards not yet effective

There are no IFRS, IFRIC interpretations, annual improvements or amendments to IFRS that are not yet effective that would be expected to have a material impact on the company’s financial statements.

2.12        Subsequent events

The Company is currently evaluating the possibility of transferring to the official list of Nasdaq Helsinki during 2020.

There are no other subsequent events that differ from usual business events, after the reporting period.


3       Additional information

3.1          Quarterly income statement

  10-12 7-9 4-6/ 1-3/ 10-12/
EUR thousand 2019 2019 2019 2019 2018
           
Revenue 159,908 120,560 107,848 115,797 155,852
           
Other operating income 153 118 119 164 175
Materials and services -137,710 -101,611 -92,521 -98,398 -132,919
Employee benefit expenses -9,115 -7,614 -8,114 -7,751 -8,352
Depreciation and amortization -1,246 -1,255 -1,258 -1,281 -1,259
Other operating expenses -7,523 -5,866 -5,884 -6,231 -7,551
           
Operating profit 4,467 4,333 190 2,301 5,946
           
Finance income 2 59 1 3 2
Finance costs -421 -391 -382 -397 -399
           
Profit before income taxes 4,048 4,000 -191 1,906 5,550
           
Income taxes -812 -797 37 -381 -1,106
           
Profit for the period 3,236 3,203 -154 1,525 4,443
           
Profit for the period attributable to          
Equity holders 3,236 3,203 -154 1,525 4,443
           
Earnings per share calculated from the profit attributable to equity holders          
Earnings per share, basic and diluted (EUR) 0.07 0.07 0.00 0.03 0.10

3.2          Alternative performance measurement

In this release, Verkkokauppa.com Oyj presents certain key figures that are not accounting measures defined under IFRS and therefore are considered as Alternative Performance Measures (APM). Verkkokauppa.com Oyj applies in the reporting of alternative performance measures the guidelines issued by the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA).

Verkkokauppa.com Oyj uses alternative performance measures to reflect the underlying business performance and to enhance comparability between financial periods. The company’s management believes that these key figures provide supplementing information on the income statement and financial position.

Alternative performance measures do not substitute the IFRS key ratios.



    2019 2019   2018 2018
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FY Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FY
                     
Revenue, thousand euros 115,797 107,848 120,560 159,908 504,113 102,693 102,414 116,874 155,852 477,833
Gross profit, thousand euros 17,399 15,327 18,949 22,198 73,874 16,706 15,024 17,358 22,933 72,020
Gross margin-% 15.0% 14.2% 15.7% 13.9% 14.7% 16.3% 14.7% 14.9% 14.7% 15.1%
EBITDA, thousand euros 3,581 1,448 5,588 5,713 16,330 3,955 2,291 4,962 7,205 18,414
EBITDA-% 3.1% 1.3% 4.6% 3.6%  3.2% 3.9% 2.2% 4.2% 4.6% 3.9%
Operating profit, thousand euros 2,301 190 4,333 4,467 11,290 2,663 1,012 3,702 5,946 13,324
Operating profit-% 2.0% 0.2% 3.6% 2.8%  2.2% 2.6% 1.0% 3.2% 3.8% 2.8%
Profit for the period, thousand euros 1,525 -154 3,203 3,236 7,810 1,813 462 2,615 4,443 9,334
                     
Equity ratio, % 26,5 27,7 25,6 23.4  23.4 29,9 28,6 27,8 23,0 23,0
Gearing, % -24,0 -2,6 -28,4 -52.1  -52.1 3,0 20,0 3,8 -54,3 -54,3
Personnel at the end of period* 657 731 688 758 758 681 687 659 683 683
                     
Basic earnings per share, euros 0,03 0,00 0,07 0.07  0.17 0,04 0,01 0,06 0,10 0,21
Diluted earnings per share, euros 0,03 0,00 0,07  0.07 0.17 0,04 0,01 0,06 0,10 0,21
Number of issued shares 45,065,130 45,065,130 45,065,130 45,065,130 45,065,130 45,065,130 45,065,130 45,065,130 45,065,130 45,065,130
Number of treasury shares 57,164 101,001 90,928 81,296 81,296 82,500 71,368 64,633 64,633
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 45,003,686 44,964,129 44,974,202 44,983,834 44,983,834 45,065,130 45,058,179 45,046,433 45,042,616 45,042,616
Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 45,096,269 45,057,712 45,057,712 44,944,424 44,944,424 45,065,130 45,058,179 45,096,433 45,092,616 45,092,616


*The number of personnel includes both full- and part-time employees.

3.3          Formulas for key ratios

KEY RATIO DEFINITIONS   BASIS OF ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES ADOPTED
GROSS PROFIT  

Revenue – materials and services

 
  Gross profit shows the profitability of the sales
 

GROSS MARGIN, %

 
(Revenue – materials and services) /
Revenue
x 100 Gross margin measures the profitability of the sales of Verkkokauppa.com
EBITDA Operating profit + depreciation + amortization   EBITDA shows the operational
profitability
 

EBITDA, %

 
(Operating profit + depreciation + amortization) /
Revenue
x 100 EBITDA measures the operational profitability of Verkkokauppa.com
 

OPERATING PROFIT

 
Result for the period before income taxes and net finance income and costs   Operating profit shows result generated by operating activities
 

OPERATING MARGIN, %

 
Operating profit /
Revenue
x 100 Operating margin measures operational efficiency of Verkkokauppa.com
 

EQUITY RATIO, %

 
Total equity /
Balance sheet total – advance payments received
  Equity ratio measures Verkkokauppa.com’s solvency, ability to bear losses and ability to meet commitments in the long run
 

GEARING, %

 
Interest bearing liabilities + lease liabilities – cash and cash equivalents – interest bearing receivables /
Total equity
x 100 Gearing measures the relation of equity and interest-bearing net debt of Verkkokauppa.com and shows the indebtedness of the company
EARNINGS PER SHARE,
BASIC
Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the company /
Weighted average number of shares outstanding
   
EARNINGS PER SHARE, DILUTED Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the company /
  Weighted average number of shares outstanding + dilutive potential shares
   

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